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Australia’s India travel ban: does the health justification stack up and is the move legal?

The extreme use of a power most people didn’t know existed has generated a storm of criticism. We look at how it came about – and what happens nextAustralians could die from Covid under India travel banAt the weekend, the federal health minister, Greg Hunt, announced the government would bar people – including citizens and permanent residents – from coming to Australia from India.The decision prompted a storm of criticism, including from the Australian Human Rights Commission, as Australians cam...
Tags: Health, Australia, India, Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, Greg Hunt, Australian Human Rights Commission, Coronavirus, COVID


Australia news live update: Scott Morrison gives press conference amid concerns over AstraZeneca Covid vaccine and blood clots

Australian health authorities to consider EU regulator’s advice; UK decision to offer under-30s an alternative to Oxford jab could knock confidence in Australia’s vaccine rollout. Follow updates live • Under-30s in the UK to be offered an alternative to AstraZeneca • Podcast: what do we know about blood clots and the AZ vaccine?• What do I need to know about the AstraZeneca vaccine? • Australian doctors urge government to give greater certainty on vaccines • Harassment scandals could hit vaccina...
Tags: Health, UK, Australia, Eu, Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, Oxford, New South Wales, Astrazeneca, New South Wales politics, Vaccines and immunisation, Victoria, Liberal party, Scott Morrison, Morrison


Australia's cap on arrivals during Covid pandemic may break international laws

Australia is obliged to let children reunite with their family and cannot exclude citizens from their home, human rights chief tells Senate estimatesAustralia’s cap on arrivals from overseas may breach international laws guaranteeing children can be reunited with their families and citizens cannot be excluded from their home, the Australian Human Rights Commission has said.The commission’s president, Rosalind Croucher, revealed on Thursday it had received “a number” of human rights complaints ab...
Tags: Human Rights, Australia, Senate, Australia news, Australian politics, Civil liberties - international, Australian Human Rights Commission, Rosalind Croucher, Coronavirus


Australia Post CEO stood aside over Cartier watches, and Victoria reports five new coronavirus cases – live

A school student in Melbourne’s north tested positive to coronavirus. Follow liveFollow our global live blogFull Australian Covid stats; Covid restrictions state by stateNSW cases map; Vic cases mapNSW hotspots list; Qld hotspots listSign up for Guardian Australia’s weekly coronavirus email 5.25am BST Liberal senator Claire Chandler is on the attack over Australian Human Rights Commission guidelines about transgender people’s inclusion in sport.Chandler’s concerns seem to be: 5.24am BST ...
Tags: Health, Business, Australia, Australia news, Australian politics, New South Wales, Victoria, Melbourne, Tasmania, Scott Morrison, South Australia, Daniel Andrews, Western Australia, Northern Territory, Annastacia Palaszczuk, Australian economy


Australia’s Coon cheese to change name in effort to help ‘eliminate racism'

Company has previously resisted calls to change branding, saying it was named after American cheesemaker Edward William CoonThe Australian cheese brand Coon will change its name to help “eliminate racism” following a campaign stating the product name was offensive to Indigenous Australians.Friday’s announcement by Saputo, the dairy company that owns Coon, “to retire the Coon brand name”, comes after a decades-long effort to rename the cheese, including an unsuccessful 1999 complaint to the Austr...
Tags: Business, Australia, Australia news, Australian politics, Indigenous Australians, Coon, Saputo, Australian Human Rights Commission, Edward William, Stephen Hagan




Anning comments 'attack Australian way of life', race commissioner says

Chin Tan backs calls for a code of conduct to crack down on hate speech in parliamentThe race discrimination commissioner, Chin Tan, has backed calls from Labor and the Greens for a code of conduct to crack down on hate speech in parliament.Tan said the Australian Human Rights Commission will give “in principle” support for parliamentary standards on speech about race and religion, a break from the Coalition government which has not endorsed either idea. Continue reading...
Tags: Labor, Race, Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, Labor party, Australian Greens, Liberal party, Greens, Tan, Pauline Hanson, Anning, One Nation, Australian Human Rights Commission, Fraser Anning, Chin Tan


One in five parents had payments cut in first six months of new welfare program

Exclusive: Inquiry into ParentsNext told government threatening to leave disadvantaged parents ‘without money for food for them and their babies’One in five parents on the government’s contentious job-ready scheme for disadvantaged parents had their payments suspended in the program’s first six months, new data reveals.As the Australian Human Rights Commission argued the ParentsNext program was “manifestly inconsistent with Australia’s human rights obligations” and social services and legal grou...
Tags: Human Rights, Children, Australia, Australia news, Australian politics, Indigenous Australians, Welfare in Australia, Australian Human Rights Commission, ParentsNext


Dutton's citizenship-stripping plan attacked by Australian Human Rights Commission

AHRC says proposal to make it easier to remove citizenship from people convicted of terrorism could violate lawThe Australian Human Rights Commission has warned Peter Dutton’s proposal to lower the bar for stripping people convicted of terrorism or related offences of Australian citizenship could render people stateless and would be retrospective in application – in possible violation of international law or the rule of law.The warning echoes concerns of the Law Council of Australia about a bill...
Tags: Human Rights, Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, Australian Security And Counter-terrorism, Liberal party, Scott Morrison, Peter Dutton, Human Rights Commission, Dutton, Australian Citizenship, AHRC, Australian Human Rights Commission, Law Council of Australia, Law (Australia


Fears Coalition's encryption bill could destroy privilege against self-incrimination

Human Rights Commission warns people could be tricked into giving access to encrypted messagesPeople under criminal investigation could lose the privilege against self-incrimination by being forced or tricked into giving access to encrypted messages under new powers contained in a government bill, the Australian Human Rights Commission has warned.The AHRC and the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner have joined a growing number of organisations expressing concern about the Coalition...
Tags: Technology, Privacy, Australia news, Surveillance, Coalition, Australian politics, Human Rights Commission, Office of the Australian Information Commissioner, AHRC, Australian Human Rights Commission


Australia: Sexual harassment on the up - Australian Human Rights Commission announces the results of its national survey - Norton Rose Fulbright Australia

The survey confirmed that, although many workplaces have systems and policies in place, sexual harassment is widespread.
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Australia: Texting inappropriate messages outside of work hours still constitutes sexual harassment - Cooper Grace Ward

The Australian Human Rights Commission is conducting a National Inquiry into Sexual Harassment in Australian Workplaces.
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Australia: The #MeToo momentum: AHRC launches national inquiry into sexual harassment in Australia - Norton Rose Fulbright Australia

The Australian Human Rights Commission has launched a national inquiry into sexual harassment in Australian workplaces.
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Player to sue Australian Football League over racism claims

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Ex-player Joel Wilkinson has accused the Australian Football League of racism and said he plans to lodge a claim with the Australian Human Rights Commission. Wilkinson, who was born in Sydney and is of Nigerian descent, played 26 matches in the top-flight national league for the Gold Coast Suns from 2011 […]
Tags: News, Sports, Sydney, Melbourne, Gold Coast Suns, Australia AP, Wilkinson, Australian Football League, Nation & World, Australian Human Rights Commission, Joel Wilkinson


Secular groups call for review of 'blatantly discriminatory' school chaplains program

Call comes after push by Luke Howarth and other Coalition MPs to expand the schemeA group of humanist societies has demanded that the Australian Human Rights Commission review the $60m-a-year school chaplains program, claiming it harms freedom of religion.The secular and atheist groups wrote to the AHRC president, Rosalind Croucher, requesting a review on the basis that only religious people can be hired for the roles despite the fact that pastoral care is non-religious. Continue reading...
Tags: Human Rights, Religion, Australia news, Australian politics, Australian education, Freedom Of Religion, AHRC, Australian Human Rights Commission, Rosalind Croucher, Luke Howarth


Player accuses Australian Football League of sexism

Katie Brennan lodges a complaint with the Australian Human Rights Commission over a match ban.
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Katie Brennan: Australia's AFL accused of gender discrimination

Katie Brennan lodges a complaint with the Australian Human Rights Commission over a match ban.
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Australia to be investigated for jailing Indonesian children in adult prisons, lawyers say

Lawyers say more than 60 children suspected of people-smuggling convicted as adultsThe Australian Human Rights Commission will investigate the government’s detention of more than 60 Indonesian children in adult jails for people smuggling, according to their lawyers.The children were found on board boats destined for Australia and detained for people-smuggling offences between 2008 and 2012. Continue reading...
Tags: Indonesia, Australia, World news, Australia news, Australian immigration and asylum, Asia Pacific, Australian Human Rights Commission


Indonesians jailed for people-smuggling offences seek compensation

Australian lawyer representing the 55 people says they had been jailed as adults while still minorsMore than 50 Indonesian minors who crewed asylum-seeker boats want compensation from the Australian government for being jailed as adults. The 55 Indonesians have joined a complaint to the Australian Human Rights Commission about their treatment while in prison,, and have flagged potential federal court action against the federal government. Continue reading...
Tags: Indonesia, Australia news, Australian immigration and asylum, Asia Pacific, Australian politics, Refugees, Australian law, Australian Human Rights Commission


Liberal MP says repeal of 18C an 'ideological goal' that should wait

Senior Western Australia Liberal talks down colleagues bid for motion at state conference calling on Malcolm Turnbull to pledge Racial Discrimination Act overhaulA senior West Australian Liberal MP has poured cold water on a push by his state colleagues to force Malcolm Turnbull to recommit to repealing section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act at the next election.WA Liberal MP Ian Goodenough, who chaired the joint parliamentary committee that developed options to change the Australian Human...
Tags: Human Rights, Australia, Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, Labor party, Liberal party, Malcolm Turnbull, Western Australia, Western Australian Politics, TONY BURKE, AHRC, Australian Human Rights Commission, WA Liberal, Ian Goodenough, West Australian Liberal


Schoolboy, 17, lodges discrimination complaint over same-sex marriage survey

Cameron Warasta argues that decision to exclude 16- and 17-year-olds from postal plebiscite breaches Age Discrimination ActA Victorian schoolboy has lodged a discrimination complaint against the federal government’s exclusion of 16- and 17-year-olds from voting in the same-sex marriage postal survey.Cameron Warasta, 17, lodged a complaint with the Australian Human Rights Commission on Wednesday which could escalate to a federal court case to overturn the government direction excluding Australian...
Tags: Human Rights, Australia news, Australian politics, Young People, Mathias Cormann, Australian law, Marriage Equality, Australian Bureau of Statistics, Australian Human Rights Commission, Cameron Warasta


Sexual assault survivors pushed for landmark survey of universities

Sex discrimination commissioner Kate Jenkins says damning report could not have taken place without advocacy from students and survivors of assaultA landmark national survey of sexual assault and harassment on Australian university campuses would not have happened without “years of advocacy” by students and survivors of sexual assault, sex discrimination commissioner Kate Jenkins said.The damning report, which found that one in 10 female university students had been sexually assaulted in the pas...
Tags: Gender, Australia news, Australian education, Sexual Harassment, Australian Universities, Kate Jenkins, Australian Human Rights Commission


University sexual assault report: 'degrading' college hazing described – as it happened

Australian universities respond to the long-awaited report from the Australian Human Rights Commission on campus sexual assault 8.11am BST That brings our coverage of the AHRC’s landmark survey to a close.Here are the report’s main points: Related: Sexual assault report: universities called on to act on 'damning' figures 8.00am BST Here’s a final submission from someone who used to work as a residential tutor, who contacted Guardian Australia anonymously to share their story:I was wor...
Tags: Australia, Australia news, Australian education, Australian Universities, AHRC, Australian Human Rights Commission, Rape and sexual assault


University sexual assault report: 'degrading' college hazing described – live

Australian universities respond to the long-awaited report from the Australian Human Rights Commission on campus sexual assault. Follow all the developments 6.23am BST As mentioned earlier today, only 9% of students who had been sexually assaulted on their own campus reported the incident to their university. Our cohort for our course is incredibly small. I felt too scared to report these incidents. I couldn’t have action taken against him because everyone would find out.The university brok...
Tags: Australia news, Sydney, Australian education, Australian Universities, Australian Human Rights Commission, Rape and sexual assault, Naaman Zhou


Few speak up on sex assaults, harassment at Aussie campuses

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A survey of Australian university students has found that half the respondents had been sexually harassed and almost one in 50 had been sexually assaulted, but few made formal complaints. The Australian Human Rights Commission survey released Tuesday involved more than 30,000 students across all 39 universities in 2015-16. It concluded […]
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University sexual assault report: numbers 'damning', students say – live

Australian universities respond to the long-awaited report from the Australian Human Rights Commission on campus sexual assault. Follow all the developments 3.10am BST The education minister, Simon Birmingham, says he has written to all Australian universities asking for their response to the Australian Human Rights Commission report. My statement on the @AusHumanRights survey on sexual assault and harassment @uniaus #RespectNowAlways pic.twitter.com/6beKzYmHL2To ensure our institutions lea...
Tags: Australia news, Australian education, Australian Universities, Australian Bureau of Statistics, Simon Birmingham, Australian Human Rights Commission, Rape and sexual assault


University sexual assault report: half of all students harassed in 2016 – live

Australian universities respond to the long-awaited report from the Australian Human Rights Commission on campus sexual assault. Follow all the developments through the day 2.24am BST Before we get into the responses and reaction to the report, I want to go back and look at the introductory comments from Rosalind Croucher, the new president of the Australian Human Rights Commission.It was quite an interesting speech.They want to feel safe. They want to feel respected. And they want others to...
Tags: Australia news, Australian education, Australian Universities, Australian Human Rights Commission, Rape and sexual assault, Rosalind Croucher, Margaret Gardner


University sexual assault report: half of students harassed in 2016 – live

Australian universities respond to the long-awaited report from the Australian Human Rights Commission on campus sexual assault. Follow all the developments through the day 1.19am BST Sex discrimination commissioner Kate Jenkins is running through the key findings.#ChangeTheCourse @Kate_Jenkins_ 1.6% of students sexually assaulted in a university setting in 2015 & 2016 pic.twitter.com/4nAwyNd7QN 1.16am BST The report has been released. My colleague Naaman Zhou has a copy and has sent thr...
Tags: Australia news, Australian education, Australian Universities, Kate Jenkins, Australian Human Rights Commission, Rape and sexual assault, Naaman Zhou


University sexual assault report released – live

Australian universities respond to the long-awaited report from the Australian Human Rights Commission on campus sexual assault. Follow all the developments through the day 12.28am BST If you find today's media coverage distressing, support is available. pic.twitter.com/aZfNoLIvqE 12.22am BST End Rape on Campus Australia launched a powerful campaign on Saturday featuring the voices of survivors of sexual assault. The campaign is called #BelieveSurvivorsWhether you took part in the survey...
Tags: Australia, Australia news, Australian education, Australian Universities, Australian Human Rights Commission, Rape and sexual assault


Gillian Triggs says Australia's politicians leading 'assault' on democratic ideals

Human Rights Commission president says right to advocate and freedom of speech threatened by governmentsGillian Triggs says an “ideological assault” on community advocacy is being waged by Australian governments and political leaders that threatens the fundamental ideals of democracy.The president of the Australian Human Rights Commission said the right to advocate and freedom of speech – “some of the most basic ideas” underpinning a democratic society – were under threat from federal and state ...
Tags: Human Rights, Australia, Australia news, Australian politics, Human Rights Commission, Gillian Triggs, Australian Human Rights Commission, Triggs